Bill Schmitt
Senior Communications Manager
Department of External Affairs


Kathryn McKinney
Director, Communications,
Marketing and Public Relations
Union Hospital

Christiana Care Health System and Union Hospital Announce Letter of Intent

(Wilmington, Del. and Elkton, Md. – June 20, 2019) Christiana Care Health System and Affinity Health Alliance (Union Hospital) have signed a letter of intent for Union Hospital and its affiliates to join Christiana Care Health System.

With the signing of the letter of intent, the organizations have entered a period of exclusive negotiation and due diligence, expected to take several months. If a final affiliation agreement is reached, an additional period of several months will be required for regulatory approvals.

Union Hospital is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital in Elkton, Maryland, dedicated to providing personalized, quality health care in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs to residents of Cecil County and the neighboring communities in Delaware and southern Pennsylvania.

Christiana Care Health System is a not-for-profit teaching health system based in Delaware that includes two hospitals, home health care, medical aid units and an extensive network of outpatient services. Christiana Care was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as Delaware’s best employer in 2019, based on an independent study, and is continually ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Union Hospital, our employees, our providers and our community,” said Rich Szumel, M.D., Union Hospital president and CEO. “As an organization we continually strive to position ourselves for health care delivery of the future to meet the needs of our community for years to come. If a final agreement can be reached to become a part of the Christiana Care Health System, we would be joining one of the premier, forward-thinking health systems in the country, allowing us to further our mission of improving the health and well-being of our communities.”

“Christiana Care and Union Hospital have been serving the people of Cecil County as neighbors for many years,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, Christiana Care president and CEO. “We welcome this opportunity to explore a closer relationship with an organization that shares our commitment to value and service to the community. Together, we have the potential to make an even greater positive impact on the health of the communities we serve.”

About Christiana Care Health System
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. Christiana Care includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. Christiana Care is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, Christiana Care is shaping the future of health care. Learn how we deliver greater quality and value at

About Union Hospital
Union Hospital is an award-winning, full-service community hospital located in Elkton, Maryland. Nationally recognized for clinical excellence in the treatment and prevention of disease, our 72-bed (licensed), not-for-profit hospital, provides superior, personalized, quality health care to our neighbors, families and friends. Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of residents in Cecil County and neighboring communities. Our services combine the latest technology with the warm, personal touch you’d expect from a community hospital. For more information, please visit